Musk's brain-computer interface company is about to conduct its first human clinical trial

#Consumer Electronics# Published : Sep 26, 2023

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, is poised to embark on its first-ever human clinical trials, marking another significant milestone since receiving FDA clinical approval in May of this year.

Neuralink has announced that it has obtained approval from an independent review committee and is initiating recruitment for human trials involving brain-machine interfaces (BCIs) implanted in the brains of paralyzed patients. Notably, this research will utilize surgical robots to implant devices in the brain regions responsible for controlling human movement.

According to Musk's description, Neuralink's devices can convert brain signals into actions, with an initial focus on two applications: restoring human vision and assisting individuals who cannot move their muscles in controlling devices such as smartphones, and potentially even restoring full-body function for spinal cord injury patients.

Neuralink states that this human trial will span six years, with participants initially joining an 18-month study, followed by at least two hours of brain-machine interface research per week. The goal of the study is to test the safety and effectiveness of Neuralink's wireless fully implanted brain-machine interface, enabling paralyzed patients to control external devices using their brains.

Currently, the company has started recruiting patients for clinical trials, with individuals suffering from cervical spinal cord injuries or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) potentially meeting the criteria for participation in this trial.


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